Tag Archives: Spain
Such is the hot competition in Europe, my next five cities all make splendid destinations for short breaks. We really are spoiled for choice! 25 Vilnius Fairly low on my list, but still well worth a visit. Plenty of nice architecture on view and the usual mix of churches, [palaces, municipal buildings and cobbled streets. […]
As is the norm as around this time of year, travel reflection and anticipation are the order of the day. So did 2016 live up to travel expectations? Well I did not get any further than Europe, but count myself satisfied in the wanderlust department even though I have a burning desire to go further […]
Europe is a wonderful continent. Culturally & geographically diverse and incredibly easy to navigate from the Arctic to the Mediterranean or even the Atlantic to the Pacific. The best way to explore the region is by train with a vast network of train tracks criss-crossing the continent, connecting amazing cities and countries. Arm yourself with […]
Continuing our long weekend in Bilbao……… As we had plenty of time over the next two days to explore the rest of Bilbao, we decided upon side trip. San Sebastián was the most obvious choice, but we plumped for the ‘third’ Spanish Basque city of Vitoria-Gasteiz. Return bus tickets cost us €12 each for the […]
I had been to many areas of Spain (starting with an infamous ’83 trip to Benidorm), but never the Basque region. In my youth I only knew of the violent separist movement who wanted independence for the region that straddles Northern Spain and Southern France. In relatively modern times it was the Guggenheim Museum and […]
I made it to my first Spanish League Premier game on Sunday for the match between Athletic Club Bilbao and Osasuna. I have always had a soft spot for Bilbao ever since discovering that they only have players playing for them that are born in the Basque Region, an area give or take, the size […]
The Torre del Oro (Tower of Gold) in Seville taken in 2011 from the Guadalquivir River. Built in the 13th Century it was erected by the Almohad Caliphate originally as a watchtower and was later to become a prison during the Middle Ages.
Apart from the Alcazar, the other must see is the huge and mightily impressive Mezquita. The Moorish mosque has unmistakable arches as well as a wonderful carved ceiling and ornate mihrab. It also now houses a Catholic cathedral within its midst – sacrilege to many and certainly out of place by my reckoning.